He [Jesus] got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. – John 13:4-5
Who would have thought that a simple towel would be part of the salvation story? Jesus chose to wrap Himself in this common cloth of a servant instead of in the armor of a king that might have protected Him from what lay ahead. With His towel He washed the feet of His friends, wiping away the dust of the earth and giving them comfort at the end of a long day.
Jesus, Himself, washes us in His own blood, wiping away the debris of the world, and comforting us as we walk the hard roads of life. Kneeling before them in a vulnerable position, He showed us how we too must humble ourselves before each other in service and in love. His Living Water refreshes us, the Living Bread sustains us, His servant’s towel absorbs our sin and wipes us clean again, inside and out.